"My Town Dominican Republic" Event at Dodger Stadium To Celebrate Dominican Baseball Legend Manny Mota's 40th Anniversary with the Dodgers

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Representatives of the Dominican Republic Consulate General and The Ministry of Tourism in the West Coast announced today their collaboration with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make the "My Town Dominican Republic" day a celebration of Dominican baseball legend Manny Mota's 40th anniversary with the LA Dodgers and his contribution to the game of baseball. The event is set for September16, 2009 at 12:10 p.m., leading into the Dodgers vs. Pirates game.

Representatives of the Dominican Republic Consulate General and The Ministry of Tourism in the West Coast announced today their collaboration with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make the "My Town Dominican Republic" day a celebration of Dominican baseball legend Manny Mota's 40th anniversary with the LA Dodgers and his contribution to the game of baseball. The event is set for September16, 2009 at 12:10 p.m., leading into the Dodgers vs. Pirates game.

Best known for his pinch-hitting abilities, Manny Mota joined the LA Dodgers in 1969 and continues to be one of the most popular Dodgers, both in Southern California and his native Dominican Republic. In 2009, Mota entered his 30th season as a coach with the Dodgers.

In addition to celebrating Manny's 40 years with the LA Dodgers, the right field section reserve level will be designated "My Town Dominican Republic," where fans can enjoy an all-inclusive Dominican menu, native Dominican music and take home a limited edition "My Town" t-shirt displaying the colors of the Dominican flag.

Other highlights of the celebration of Manny Mota and all "things Dominican" include Manny taking the field along with members of his family, Los Angeles Dodgers executives, representatives of the Dominican Republic, as well as other Dominican players, to receive a special video tribute showcasing Mota's career. Dominican Consul General Celeste Jimenez will recognize Manny's career and achievements with the LA Dodgers on behalf of the Dominican Republic.

As a bonus, the first 50,000 fans in attendance at the Dominican themed-game, Dodgers vs. Pirates, will receive a Manny Ramirez bobblehead. During his comeback workouts, Ramirez trained with legendary coach Manny Mota at the Dodgers' facilities.

More on Manny Mota:

Manuel Rafael Mota Geronimo, was born on February 18, 1938 in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic. Forty years after joining the Dodgers, Mota remains an active part of both the coaching staff and his community. In the off-season, Mota and his wife Margarita reside in the Dominican Republic, where they run the Manny Mota International Foundation.

Established over 40 years ago, this non-profit humanitarian organization provides needed resources and other assistance to disadvantaged youth and their families in both the Dominican Republic and the United States.

"God has blessed me with the support of my family, my fellow Dominicans and the LA Dodgers. I am so proud to have been given the honor to wear the LA Dodgers team jersey for 40 years. The LA Dodgers have treated me with much respect and consideration. Just as the Los Angeles fans have given me so much love, for which I am infinitely grateful, especially to my wife Margarita without whom the work of the foundation would not be possible," said Mota. http://www.MannyMotaFoundation.org/

Manny Mota's recognition is a part of a series of initiatives to celebrate the Dominican Republic during Hispanic Heritage Month, which includes carnival dancers appearing in the courtyard at Hollywood and Highland on September 17th from 4 to 7 pm. For tickets or press credentials, please contact Russel PR.

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